The sentiments were made at Mzuzu Golf Club during a joint sponsored Lawn Tennis tournament by Expand Charity and Kawandama Hills Plantation who devoted MK250 thousand to the tourney which concluded on 2nd April this month.
According to SBB Project Coordinator in the north Christopher Shonga said the corporate world has a wrong perception about tennis so they prefer to sponsor other sporting activity such as football or netball.
“We are small but proud because we have contributed a lot to the game of tennis. We have seen a number of youths being exposed internationally and some of them have even won university scholarships through SBB programs.
“Despite all those achievements, financially we are lacking sponsors to uplift this game. Just imagine we have one trained coach out of a number of players above 70,” he said.
Concurring with the project coordinator, Henry Mtuta who is the only trained coach in tennis said there is enough talent representing in all levels from under-10 up to under-18 but sponsors are a major challenge.
“We are failing to go above 18 because every player knows that when he or she is above 18years there are no games internationally since sponsors only consider under-18 players.
“This is a real obstacle the game of Lawn Tennis is facing than Table Tennis. So the futre is there but limit is age and we are trying hour level best to eliminate that but we need companies to help us financially to fulfil this dream,” he lamented.
Mtuta further applauded SBB for the energy they are putting in to uplift Lawn Tennis as now they also operate in Central region where they were only offering Table Tennis and that soon will reach the Southern region.
Saved by the Ball (SBB) was established in 2010 but started operating in 2011 with the main aim of eliminating HIV and AIDS among the youths through Lawn Tennis programs.